It’s been quite a couple of days for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. On Sunday they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 60-54 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, and today MSU recruit Deyonta Davis was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Michigan.
Davis is a 6-foot-10, 205 pound forward who attends Muskegon High School. According to 247 Sports, he is the No. 1 ranked player from the state of Michigan and the N0. 8 ranked forward in the country. The victory makes the second consecutive for Muskegon as Deshaun Thrower won the award last season.
When Davis plays for the Spartans next season he will join fellow Mr. Basketball award winner Matt Costello. Costello won the award in 2012 while attending Bay City Western.
Davis has been thinking about winning Mr. Basketball for a while, but he’s also had his doubts.
“I want to say I heard about it my ninth-grade year, because we were looking at who was Mr. Basketball for Michigan,” Davis said of the year Costello won. “But when I really heard about it was when Deshaun won.
“When he won it, that’s what everybody was telling me: I was going to win it. I was just trying to work towards it. But I was thinking they wouldn’t give it to the same school twice.”
Davis is averaging 19 points, 17 rebounds, and seven blocks so far this season as he prepares to face Lansing Everett in a state quarterfinal game on Tuesday night. As a junior, Davis set the state record for blocks in a single-season, finishing with 199.
Izzo seems very excited about what he is getting in Davis and he looks forward to having him on the roster.
“That’s the only thing I’m not giving Keith credit for,” Izzo told MLive earlier this month. “I think God gave him that. He has an incredible knack. He’s a great athlete, but he has great timing and that is hard to coach. That is kind of like a point guard, you have to have God-given skills. That is something that D.D. has.”
Davis was also selected as the only McDonald’s All-American from the state of Michigan. He will be Izzo’s 12th McDonald’s All-American since becoming the head coach at MSU.
Who knows, maybe both Davis and Izzo can lead their teams to their respective Final Fours. Time will tell, but either way Spartan fans have a lot to look forward to in the future when Davis joins one of the top coaches in the country.
(Featured image via Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)